Pace's Dockside
Pace's Dockside

Pace's Dockside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 6313155252
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  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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Pace's Dockside reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)scenic view (24)neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (10)good for groups (9)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)romantic (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Nice restaurant
    YeahDiningoutagain
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Paces Dockside was quite a nice restaurant. Good corn fritters, baked clams and perfectly cooked bone in rib eye. What was missing was lighting ( too dark to see what you're eating, even after asking the waiter to turn the lights up) and customers. We went during the week off season and only one other table,was taken, which always feels a little weird. I would recommend this restaurant based on the lovely setting and good food with normal steak house pricing. Probably better in the summer when it is light out thru dinner time to see both the food on your plate and the lovely setting which can be seen from any table in daylight since there is also no landscape lighting at night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Nice meal. Tuna was outstanding. Will go here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite
    favorite
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    second time here brought friends this time. Really enjoyed ourselves. Service was great, enjoyed time at the bar before dinner. The salmon was excellent my husband had the rib eye which was also excellent. Will absolutely be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were a group of 12 and it was hard to have a conversation. There was a very loud group of six and their voices just bounced off the walls. We were seated and our drink orders were taken right away and bread brought to the table but took another 1/2 hour for anyone to return after our drinks were served to take our food order. Our reservations were on a Saturday at 7 pm and six of us wanted the lamb chops but there were only 2 orders left which seemed strange to me since this is a steakhouse with about 12 items on the menu. An hour and a half into it, our salads were brought out. Not sure what takes so long. When the main entrees were brought out, we were not disappointed. The food was very good and done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service lacked
    ThriceBlest
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was not on par with what you would expect from Palm or Bobby Van's, but it was definitely a step up from any other local fare. Despite making a rather early reservation time (6:15), we were seated outside the kitchen door which accounted for the ambiance score. Service was lacking, but more so on the part of the bus staff. Our water was never refilled, empty plates were not cleared, no one ever came to our table after our meals were served to check on status. This was our first visit, and we would give it another shot. The food made up for some of the other shortcomings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very well thought out keeper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A manageable and uncomplicated menu. The variation and uniqueness of entree's is impressive. Everything was cooked to perfection. This is fine dining at a reasonable and to be expected price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • favorite
    favorite
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a lovely place. Beautiful view. Asked waiter to let us have drink before ordering and left us alone never felt rushed. Food was great. Lobster Mac and Cheese was unbelievable enough for three people. Overall had a very nice evening there and will go back again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service were on par with the best of the New York resturants. The Ahi tuna was prepared rare as we ordered. A hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paces Tradition
    LovespastaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Over the top food, excellent and attentive service, beautiful and scenic views of the harbor. A great gem, give it a try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak was not as great as last time
    Toni
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The first time we ate steak here was fabulous - this time the steak tasted a little too aged and wasn't as thick. I would recommend the filet mignon instead. The homemade papadelli was again terrific, as were the baked clams. They seemed understaffed (probably a lot of college kids had left), but was generally satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disorganized, slow, mediocre food
    LarryBVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First, they had run out of menus, so after 20 minutes we borrowed one from the next table. That was a sign of things to come. The waitstaff were very disorganized and almost overly apologetic, as if begging us not to blame them for the confusion, but we would have settled for competent. The food ranged from very poor to mediocre, but the most outstanding thing was the extremely slow service. We waited 15-20 minutes for cocktails (my wife would have ordered something special but since we had no menu settled for wine) and over an hour for our dinners. The view and location are very pretty. Everything else was below par.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waited too long for food.
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Crowded. Not enough wait staff. Took way too long to get food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing experience
    ElizabethVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had been two times before and it was pretty good. On Friday night, the food was inferior. We ordered fried calamari and asked for marinara sauce, which took fifteen minutes to "prepare". The fried chicken came out black, and the hamburger ordered medium came out rare. People around us in the restaurant were complaining too. The server was very apologetic, but couldn't make up for a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ambiance
    politir
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Outside, I felt like there should have been something separating the left side of the dining patio from the parking lot and stuff. I know it was under renovation, but a simple wood wall or something would have sufficed. I did however LOVE the large circular tables for our group of 6, plenty of elbow room to cut my food. By the way, the food was great!!! And my rating of quiet above was simply because we were only one of two outdoor tables during a weeknight so there was no opportunity for noise levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Pace's Dockside gives the impression that it was started because whoever runs the marina where it's located believed that a restaurant would add to the marina's desirability. Beyond that, Pace's seems to have no particular reason to exist. Its unimaginative comfort food is acceptable but no more -- and Pace's vaunted special, a lemon drop martini, is barely drinkable. The restaurant's ambiance, however, is very pleasant, even if the food prompted no desire to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jeanne
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have eaten at Pace's Dockside twice recently. The service both times was excellent as was our dinner. Our drinks were very disappointing on our second visit, extremely watered down even though we were told it was the same bartender as the first time. We sent them back but they were no better when served again. What is with a gin and tonic in a beer glass? Will go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good spot
    AnneB
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the location of the restaurant has a great view of the inlet and marina and we were there for sunset which was beautiful. The food was very good, portions were certainly filling and the service was good despite having read previous reviews that it being poor, they must have listened and got their act together. The only thing I found to be a problem is that it is loud in the diningroom and hard to carry on a conversation, not sure why that was since it realy wasnt that crowded, it may have had something to do with the room itself. I would recommend Paces Dockside to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NOFO addition
    Diningonnofo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Steak was prepared perfectly. Duck wings an added treat. Beautiful sunset view. Great restaurant at a great marina... Strongs Marine!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great water views
    docoVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Paces at the marina has it all. Good food great outdoors dining and drinks. We got there in rain and it still wad lovely. Worth a visit if in mattituck
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and, friendly
    Clubgeru
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We ordered fun appetizers and absolutely fabulous hamburgers! Had a great night! PS. They make great lemon drop martinis!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I went to Pace's with a group of friends for my birthday and sat outside on the patio. The noise level was quite loud but I still enjoy the experience. The food was excellent and our waitress was outstanding. I would recommend Pace's and look forward to returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went to Paces when it first opened. We had a great time. We went back for our 24TH wedding anniversary dinner and were very disappointed. Appetizers were cold, service was not great. My wife specified how to cook her food and it was raw, so I ate alone so my dinner would not get cold then I watched her eat alone. We will not rush back there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Pace's Dockside reviews archive.
  • Paces steak house
    Thatspecial01place
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food and drinks, amazing steaks and seafood . So happy they joined me out east because I always loved their Hauppauge location. The setting is so tranquil along the Marina and the owners Ron and Joanne are super friendly. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New and find in the North Fork
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This new location for Paces Dockside is intriguing. They are just getting started and so still have some outdoor decor to complete. A touch of elegance with a bit of Margaritaville. The mixes and creativity in their cuisine is just developing and so it may take a while to get it just right. Definitely worth a second visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Location
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our first time at the new location. We got there around 4:30 on a Saturday and it was empty. I was afraid this place was not taking off like I'd hoped. but no worries, by 5:30 the place was packed. The bar was great, our drinks were perfect. our steaks were maybe a little more cooked then we wanted them but the taste was right on target and they made great left overs. All in all I'd say it was a very good experience and I'm looking forward to returning there soon
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't miss this gem!
    littleGem
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    You really should check this place out the food is just amazing! You pay for what you get is not cheap but neither is the food. Love the environment there, and you can also take a boat there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    rmess350
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food, good bar crowd, excellent service...surprisingly varied menu and everything we tried was excellent. Worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly service, great food!
    DI79
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Arrived late and they still seated us. Very friendly service, food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good
    DrJ15VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great after your wine country excursion. The food was fine. Everybody liked it. Scenic views of the harbor. They are completing construction and I'm sure they'll become a hopping night spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pace's Dockside
    FredVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    First and foremost we were about 45 minutes late for our reservation - however, the hostess gave us two alternatives of about a 15 minute wait for a table or immediate space at the bar. We opted to eat at the bar - service was great, friendly people. Food was excellent the local duck was spectacular. We both appreciated how well the staff accomodated us, even though we were unable to arrive on time. A definite must restaurant if you are visiting the North Fork.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paces Dockside Restaurant
    Patty
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service was very slow, 20 minute wait for drinks, 45 minute wait for dinner. Noise level very high, reminded me of eating at a local pub where everyone is yelling. While the food was good the service and noise were unacceptable. This was my second visit to the restaurant and I think it will be my last. Price of food is very expensive while the quality of service and ambience does not justifying the cost.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Entree
    LD1234VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went to Pace's over Memorial Day Weekend. The owner actually came up to our table and introduced himself which I thought was a nice touch. The entrees were amazing. I was with my family of 4, 2 had the burger which was an delicious and tasty blend of meats, 1 had the tuna special that was seasoned perfectly, and I had the filet mignon that was out of this world and cooked to perfection. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service, but noisy
    NOFOdiner
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    we enjoyed our meal, the food and service were good. the noise level, however, made it nearly impossible to hear the person at your table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new rest. on the North Fork
    pgscmk
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had dinner here for a special occasion (anniversary). Midweek before the summer season started, it wasn't too too busy. Lots of steaks and seafood on the menu, as well as some other options (such as fried chicken), but it would be nice if they would put their menu online, I haven't found it yet. Food was very good, service was friendly and capable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great steakhouse in Mattituck!
    Lizzies1971
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Please don't miss this gem, located in the Strong's Water Club & Marina in Mattituck, (formerly known as Matt-a-Mar Marina) My husband and I have always loved the Pace's brand, so when they opened in the same town where we have our summer home, we were delighted! It was no surprise that they are serving the same wonderful meats as they had in Port Jefferson, and, as always, cooked to perfection! The view of the water and docks is lovely and calming! Everyone was so attentive, service was impeccable! Congratulations to Ron Pace and family on another job well done!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unexpected perfection
    J2121
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was a quick and last minute find, however, it turned out to b perfect. They sat us outside with prompt service and amazing food. I'm definitely going back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice addition to Mattituck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great find. Our waiter could not have done better. well be back. Ron
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Great...
    LIdiners
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Was very hopeful as we are fans of Pace's in Port Jeff, unfortunately food was mediocre - Filet Mignon medium was instead well done and not flavorful at all, sweet potatoes were cold and had way too much pepper in them. Service was friendly but incompetent - had to ask for more water and steak knives. Appetizer and salad were brought out at the same time. Ambiance is boring, stark white walls unless you are lucky enough to sit in the main room overlooking the dock - however interior in that room is the same. This is an expensive restaurant but not worth the cost. Really wish I could give a better review. May try again over the summer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    If you are out on the North Fork ( or even if you are not) make this a dining destination. Outstanding atmosphere staff and menu. Great water view. With so many restaurants that are just o.k at best, it is nice to come across one that is this great on all levels. I had such a great time, that I am recommending to all of my clients looking for an amazing night out.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday celebration!
    Clubgeru
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was my 64 th birthday dinner, and my first visit to the restaurant. It was great! Everyone was so friendly! Our table was fabulous overlooking the water! But best of all was the food! My tbone was perfect. Great sides! My expresso martini ,Devine! Will go back very soon!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet